Multiple Grade 1-winning sprinter Imperial Hint will not contest this year's Breeders' Cup Sprint after veterinarians ruled the horse out on Saturday morning, reported the Daily Racing Form's Mike Welsch on Twitter. In addition, Imperial Hint was co-second choice on the morning line at 4-1.
In addition, French-bred Suedois, one of two horses entered by trainer David O'Meara in the Breeders' Cup Mile, has been withdrawn, according to Daily Racing Form's Marcus Hersh on Twitter. O'Meara, who also has Lord Glitters entered in the Mile, told Hersh Suedois developed an infection in a hoof. An 8-year-old gelding who recently traveled from Europe to contest the G1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, where he finished a fast-closing third, Suedois was 20-1 on the morning line.
The scratch of Suedois means Next Shares, trained by Richard Baltas, will draw into the Mile from the also-eligible list, DRF reports. Caribou Club, the first-also eligible at time of entry, did not travel to California from his Maryland base.
“He's trained perfectly sound but he is tender to the touch around the coronet band and the state vets made the decision to take him out,” Imperial Hint's trainer Luis Carvaja told DRF.
The 6-year-old son of Imperialism finished second and third in the last two editions of the Breeders' Cup Sprint, respectively, and was coming into this year's race on a two-race win streak. In July, Imperial Hint set a track record for six furlongs at Saratoga in the G1 Vanderbilt, blitzing the distance in 1:07.92.
Just before the second race, officials announced 7-year-old gelding Bolo would be a late vet scratch from the Mile. Trainer Carla Gaines said via text message that the horse was sick Saturday morning.
Bolo, who was 30-1 on the morning line, won the G1 Shoemaker Mile earlier this year to qualify for the race for owner Golden Pegasus Racing Inc. His last finish was a tenth place effort in the G2 City of Hope Mile.
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